Can I access my OP&F account online?
Can I transfer my part-time service credit and contributions from another Ohio retirement system to OP&F?
How can I purchase my military service credit or have it granted?
Please be prepared to forward OP&F your DD214 that states:
you were honorably discharged
your date of entry; and
your date of discharge.
You will also need to send a letter expressing interest in receiving a grant or purchase of your military service. Once OP&F receives this information, a representative will contact your employer for wage information. Then information will be mailed to you to complete and file with OP&F.
How can I request an estimate of my service credit?
Please contact OP&F Customer Service at 888-864-8363 to request an estimate of your service credit. A representative will be able to answer any questions you may have at this time and will begin the process of calculating your service credit.
Due to the non-secure nature of e-mail, OP&F will not transmit e-mail that includes any specific details regarding your account or will accept any e-mail request asking for personal information such as your service credit estimate, especially since you need to verify your personal information before an estimate is calculated. So please call Customer Service directly for the most efficient and prompt response to your request.
How do I access my DROP information online?
Before logging in for the first time, you will be asked to register. You will need to enter your Social Security number and then click on “Request Account.” You will then be promoted to enter your street or PO box number to verify that the address OP&F has on file is correct. If the address matches OP&F’s records, you will be asked to choose a new password and security question and will then have access to your DROP information online.
Once you have logged on you will have access to your account summary including a monthly breakdown. For your personal records, OP&F will send you two different letters to your home welcoming you to OP&F online as well as confirmation on your online profile. If you have any questions or concerns while accessing your online DROP account you may call OP&F Customer Service at 888-864-8363.
How do I change my address on file with OP&F?
How do I get an estimate of my pension from OP&F?
How do I have my benefit check electronically Direct Deposited into my new account if I change bank accounts or banks?
To have your benefit checks rerouted to a different bank account via Direct Deposit, complete the Direct Deposit Application and attach a voided check or a copy of your account’s deposit slip to the application. Return the completed application and necessary documentation to OP&F at 140 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
If OP&F receives your completed form and deposit slip by the 15th of the month, then your benefit will be electronically Direct Deposited into your new account the very next month. We suggest that you keep your former account open until you have verified that your benefit check is being deposited into your new account.
How do I transfer my service credit and contributions from another Ohio retirement system to OP&F?
Write a letter to the Ohio retirement system in which you are transferring from requesting that your contributions and service credit be transferred to OP&F. Make certain to include your Social Security number and signature on the letter to the retirement system.
Subject to restrictions, you may purchase full–time service credit earned under an Ohio retirement system, such as the Cincinnati Retirement System, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, School Employees Retirement System, State Highway Patrol Retirement System, or State Teachers Retirement System.
If you joined OP&F on or after Sept. 16, 1998, and transferred or purchased service credit, you can pay the difference between the employee and employer contribution rates of OP&F and the other retirement system, plus interest, to receive full credit. Otherwise, service credit will be prorated based on the difference in the retirement systems’ contribution rates.
Please contact OP&F’s Customer Service at 800-860-9599 for information on the cost of transferring or purchasing service credit.
How is my “average annual salary” defined in the formula used to calculate service retirement benefits?
How long does it take for my DROP contributions to be posted online?
When is interest posted to my DROP accrual?
What is the DROP interest rate and why did it change?
What happens if I die while participating in DROP, due to either off-duty or on-duty illness or injury?
Members who chose to select a Joint and Survivor Annuity (JSA) plan upon entering DROP will have a reduced monthly retirement benefit credited to DROP each month. By selecting a JSA percentage between 1 and 100, the member designates that, upon death, that percentage of their reduced monthly allowance will be continued to the designated beneficiary.